Dw, Nehemiah and Isaiah have been in Uganda for the last couple of weeks. While they’ve been gone we have partied our hearts out. Kidding, of course. The kids have been passing around the flu and horrible colds. Even Ruby has been sick – which when I told Savannah that Ruby was sick she was stunned, “Ruby? She’s NEVER sick!” With the kids so sick it feels like Dw has been gone for six months – not even slightly kidding!! He told me that he is calling the airport when he gets home to make sure they cancel all flights out of Phoenix….believing that I might just run away from home after this bout.
While cleaning up vomit and wiping noses, I have prayed for all you single moms out there – many times over – you have such a difficult job. May our gracious God send you sweet help and encouragement.
The other day I drove Elizabeth to church for worship practice and saw my friend, Kerry walking across the parking lot. I pulled my van to a stop so we could talk for a bit. It was so good to visit – such a welcomed break for a couple of minutes. Later she texted me and asked if she could bring pizza by for the kids and I. What a precious friend – she will never know how much it ministered to me to have her stop to visit for a minute and then take it one (huge) step further by asking if she could bring us pizza. And although I am not a single mom, if you know one, bless her and her kids with pizza some night. Minister to her – she has a really hard job…I mean, raising kids is hard as it is, but doing it alone puts a whole new meaning on ‘hard’. Or ask her and the kids to come have dinner at your home. Trust me, you will never know just how much your kindness could possibly mean – it will be so good for her soul (and her kids too) as well as your own soul!
Next – Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts for blessing and praying for our friends Calley and Danny after they lost their home and it’s contents to the fire. They have felt very loved and I am so grateful for your part. You have helped to make their heartache a bit more bearable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Also, exactly two months (minus one day) after surgery our Johnny-boy arrived home! Such a long process. Since Dw’s in Uganda and I am unable to lift him into the van he was brought by transport ambulance. It feels so good to have him home – finally!! But being honest, the new permanent position of Johnny’s feet have been really hard for him to get used to. He has battled discouragement since, at this point, the new position doesn’t make it easier for him to navigate. We are praying that when insurance gets the therapy portion approved and a therapist can work with him, that he will make great progress. Not wanting him to be left out, one of the kids shared with him and he’s been really sick too.
Picture taken before he got sick. His smile is definitely not deterred, even with discouragement.
Lastly, over the years of writing here at Our Place Called Simplicity, most know that every now and then I ask people to join together in a group fast. In fact over the years I have received many emails from people who share that they were unfamiliar with fasting until they read about it here. They then share that they have added this spiritual discipline to their lives and have seen God move many mountains on their behalf.
Last week I had two different friends (who don’t know each other) ask if I would call for a group fast again. You guys know who you are – so here’s the call. Personally we have several concerning situations that need God’s divine intervention as well as dear friends who are in need of some mountains moving and I am grateful to be able to pray and fast with you all. Let’s pray and fast together on Friday, February 7th. Together we will ask God to move mountains, open doors, level obstacles, bring wayward kids home, miraculously provide, reconcile relationships, completely heal bodies and show Himself strong on all our behalf.
We have the incredible privilege of praying for one another – don’t miss out!
Please leave your prayer request on this post below in the comments or on the FB post. Let’s be a blessing to each other as we kneel together for sisters and brothers across this world.